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Posted by Pamela Bailey on 8/21/2019

If you missed the first part of this series, it’s important to note that green living and protecting the environment is the responsibility of everyone who lives here. With resources becoming less available, cutting down on usage, reducing waste and reusing anything where possible can all lead to a longer lasting green environment. Going green doesn’t have to be expensive, add these three new hacks to the original set and start saving the planet and money today!

Reduce the Amount of Waste Generated from Your Home

Waste accounts for a more significant percentage of both land and water pollutants. With tons of waste generated daily, the number exceeds the recyclable amount. Instead of creating more waste, why not use green-living alternatives for your daily activities? Plastics, for example, are a non-biodegradable waste. No wonder surface waters harbor trillions of plastics every year. To combat this problem, you could opt for tote bags for all your shopping errands in the stead of plastic bags. Also, a durable water bottle is a great option to replace plastic bottled water.

Natural Materials are Just as Beautiful.

New homeowners or old homeowners looking to make a new purchase for their home décor can opt for natural materials. They are just as beautiful! Thanks to the sustainable living movement, natural materials such as terracotta flooring, wooden furniture, marble countertops, etc. are now the go-to interior design choice for most homeowners. What’s more? These materials are less expensive, and they last for an extended period. You would end up saving the environment and a little extra cash for other errands. Go natural!

Plants can Grow Inside Too.

An excellent way to clear the air inside your home is to grow plants such as Boston ferns, palm trees, spider plants, and rubber plants indoors. Plants are natural air filters. They help clear the air while also absorbing harmful pollutants from your electronic equipment, furniture, and carpets. Let the plants come inside!

Going green in your home does not involve putting out tons of dollars or putting up with an outdated lifestyle. A little change in your daily routine has a role or two to play in sustaining the environment. Employ these little green living hacks to help you revamp your home into ‘home green home’ today. Go green, save the planet!

If you’re looking for a home with built-in green qualities, contact your local real estate professional today.




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Posted by Pamela Bailey on 6/15/2016

Going green has been a term that has been floating around for some time the past few years.  As fears of global warming and overall global awareness have increased rapidly, the ideas soon follow.  It's an interesting and empowering idea, reduce your global footprint and preserve the earth.  The best part is that in some cases, you can save money even with little to no investment. If you are looking to install something like solar panels on your house, there is a federal program for both a business or a person that provides an investment tax credit of 30%.  Depending on the state there are state funded programs that are similar and even programs.  The state programs are similar to the electric car incentives in that they are slowly disappearing, which makes now a good time to make a decision.  Energystar.gov has more information on the specifics. As mentioned that is only one path, there have been companies that claim to decrease your electric bills.  This is achieved through leasing.  A low monthly fee to lease the solar panels and a reduction on your total monthly bill - at least that is the idea.  There are many  knowledgeable professionals in the New England and surrounding areas, who may be able to assist you further.  For example SolarCity provides exactly what was described above.  Keep in mind the results will vary depending on where you live and even the seasons.  A free consultation never hurt anyone though, you could spend less and go green in the process.





Posted by Pamela Bailey on 5/18/2016

There are many ecologically friendly cleaning products available in stores today, however, they can do a number on your wallet. There are great alternatives to these costly store-bought items that you can make in your own kitchen. Orange peels for instance, are an inexpensive and powerful base for an effective all-purpose cleaner. Here is a recipe for an orange peel cleaner: Things You Need:

  • 1 dozen oranges
  • Baking soda
  • 24-oz. or larger glass jar
  • 1 pint white vinegar
  • Strainer
  • Pitcher
  • Spray bottle
  • 1. Scrub a dozen oranges with a solution of 1 part baking soda to 3 parts water to remove pesticides and any trace chemicals. 2. Rinse the oranges thoroughly. 3. Peel the cleaned oranges. 3. Put the orange peels in a clean glass jar, and cover them with the white vinegar. 4. Cap the jar tightly. 5. Allow the mixture to rest in a cool dark place for at least one month. 6. Shake the vinegar concoction vigorously, and strain off the liquid into a pitcher or other wide-mouth, easy-to-pour container. 7. Dilute the mixture with 1/2 cup water; shake or stir again, and strain the cleaner into a spray bottle for convenient use. Note: Lemon and lime peels can also be used with the orange peels.  





    Posted by Pamela Bailey on 8/5/2015

    Everything green is all the rage, and recently there has been an increased demand for green homes. Some experts estimate a projected demand  of a $100 billion sub-market by 2016. In 2011, green homes made up roughly 17 percent of the market and are expected to reach two out of five homes by 2016. The list of reasons to buy a green home is extensive. Green homes are friendly to the environment. Consumers also believe that green homes will have better value in the future. Green homes may cost a little more to build now but have shown to save money in energy efficiency over time. According to a survey conducted by McGraw-Hill Construction, ninety percent of homeowners surveyed said energy efficiency is important because of personal values, and because of lower energy bills. They also cited other factors like indoor air quality, material durability, use of post-consumer materials and sustainability-focused waste management practices. Consumers may also be able to save money on their mortgage or receive a federal tax credit for buying a green home or doing eco-friendly home improvements. For certain efficient home improvements, you can receive a federal tax credit equal to 30‰ with a cap at $1500 for the purchase of energy efficient technologies such as

    • Water Heaters
    • Furnaces
    • Boilers
    • Heat Pumps
    • Air Conditioners
    • Insulation
    • Windows
    • Doors
    • Roofs
    • Stoves that use qualified Biomass Fuel
     




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    Posted by Pamela Bailey on 3/11/2015

    House plants can significantly improve the dynamic of a room.  While some are purely decorative, there are others that can have a dramatic effect on air and indoor pollution levels.  If you are planning on making a few botanical additions to your home, then why not get the added benefit of choosing plants that will work for you, as well as providing an aesthetic benefit?  Here are a few to get you started. Golden Pothos - This vine-like plant is very easy to grow, requiring very little light, and can survive quite comfortably if you happen to forget to water it on a regular basis.  With regular fertilizing, this plant becomes a fast-growing vine that looks fantastic in any room.  Clippings can be taken, put in water, and will develop root structures in as little as a few days.  Because this is a submersible plant, it is also popular with aquarium enthusiasts.  In addition, this plant is a heavy oxygen producer, and can also remove benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from your air. Peace Lilies - Interestingly enough, these houseplants are not true lilies. These attractive members of the Araceae family need only a little light and water in order to survive, and produce brilliant flowers. Rubber Tree - While used as houseplants in North America, these plants have an interesting use in India; the roots are guided over chasms in order to create what is commonly referred to as living bridges.  These plants prefer bright sunlight, and while they can withstand infrequent watering quite well, they will thrive if given enough moisture. Weeping Fig - This is the official tree of Bangkok, Thailand.  In a study by NASA, this plant was shown to effectively remove airborne toxins from its environment.  This plant thrives in warm, sunny conditions, but can also tolerate low-light conditions fairly well.  If it is moved to a new room, it will shed a large number of its leaves, and replace them with new leaves in response to the change in light conditions.  While it is adaptive to changes in light, care should be taken not to place it in an area where it will be subjected to strong, cold drafts.  This plant is also popular among bonsai enthusiasts for its aesthetic properties. Snake Plant - Also known as "mother-in-law's tongue", this plant has been recognized in the same NASA study as one of the best plants to remove indoor air pollution.  Like other pollution-reducing plants, this one can survive quite well with low light levels and irregular watering.  Care should be taken not to over water this species, as the root structure is fairly sensitive. For further reading, you can pick up the book How To Grow Fresh Air, by B.C. Wolverton.